"Leadership means different things to different people. However, for me…Leadership isn’t a position, it’s a mindset. Leadership is about the people you serve – the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect"
"GO FOR IT!!!! If you truly have the passion and love for it. Go for it! Find your niche and conquer. Your only limitation is you. Trust me, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be painful, It's going to be draining. YES, there DEFINITELY will be obstacles and hurdles trying to hold you back, that is why it’s very important you love it and do it with the right intentions, but persevere, push through, and build. Take your time to find your purpose and let that be your driving force. Be kind to yourself, celebrate yourself and most importantly always be open to learning and expanding your horizons. Don’t put any limits on yourself . Your colour, your size, your sex is not a limitation, its an allowance, a way to allow people to see your creativity, talents and beautiful things that you can add to fashion history. Make them NEED YOU, what YOU bring to the table. Build your own table. Like I always say “We Do What We Want”, make your own rules. So try and fail but keep trying, keep going and WIN!!!!"
"Have a voice and be assertive. Ask for what you want, usually no one knows that you want something until you are vocal about it. Also, people will respect you if your speak up and voice your opinion versus you conceding with everything. Those are a few pieces of advice I would give someone who wants to pursue a career in the financial services industry"
" First let’s face it, sometimes being a woman of color can present itself as a “double negative” - woman and a person of color. But it’s important that you don’t narrate your story from that vantage point alone. As a matter of fact, I’m learning it can be quite a powerful blessing if approached from a place of contentment and self awareness. And you often don’t get to that place until you’ve faced your fair share of “you don’t belong here” and “you don’t deserve as much as x, y, or z”. Those moments only make you stronger - cliche but trust me, it does. And then you come to find that the people who don’t think your contribution is worth much are actually a very small % of the population"
"Don’t be ashamed to showcase your talents clearly and never dim your light for anybody. I find that many women downplay their talents while men overstate theirs and still manage to fail upwards"
"Don’t do too many things at the same time. The most successful people/businesses take their time to develop and build one thing before deciding to introduce new features/new products and services etc. Take time to work and develop and build your core focus to the point where its sustainable before you decide do another thing"
"Being an executive woman means knowing and recognizing your ability to impact others and let them know that they can make it and be successful! It is all about IMPACT"
"You have to speak your dreams into existence and have faith until they manifest. It doesn’t matter how hard or insane it may seem. For me, whenever I have a dream I know that I have to go after it. So never let anyone tell you that you can’t switch industries, or cities, or that you aren’t qualified for a job. You are. And you really can make any dream you have for yourself a reality if you’re willing to work for it. I am living proof"
"An executive woman of color for me means staying true to who you are no matter what, remembering where you came from, and not forgetting to reach back for those aspiring to reach where you are."
"I think there has never been a more exciting time to be a young woman"